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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

Glasswire Nobody should be able to market a self-drive car.. (61 comments)

... unless there's a sue-able multi-billion dollar corporation behind it. Even then, big automakers are barely able to afford recalls and liability suits now - a major wrongful death suit from a errant self-driving car will take out a smaller firm or make their insurance impossible to pay.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Glasswire Re:Is security a feature? (218 comments)

Same thoughts apply to hardening exploitable code. If it's common to old and new OS and easily fixed (vulnerability is lessened) then it probably should be updated.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Glasswire Is security a feature? (218 comments)

The interesting question is: should an OS vendor be able to sell a later generation of OS as "more secure" than a previous one as a feature to induce users to migrate to it, (clearly Microsoft's position on Win 8.1 vs Win 7 ) or does it have a responsibility to make all released product as reasonably secure as it can based on what it knows to and define features as capabilities, performance, etc outside of security?
I think it's fair for Microsoft to tout improvements like more secure kernel design or other elements that are core architectural advantages of a new OS (which cannot reasonably be replicated in earlier versions) but limiting fixes to common libraries, present in old and new OS, which have been found to be insecure, that could be patched for minimal effort in the old OS, to create an artificial distinction between old and new is not a security feature difference, it's a churlish forcing function. Win 8.1 is not better on security than Win 7 if the part of that difference depends on selectively responding to vulnerabilities.
Ironically, toward the end of it's life, XP got better support than Vista, because a Vista was a short-lived, poorly received follow-on that was quickly succeeded by Win 7. I'll predict that 3 years from now, after Win Next (9.0 or what ever) has been shipping for a while, the install base of Win 7 will still be far higher than that of Win 8.x and support (Microsoft and 3rd party drivers/apps) will be much better for Win 7 than it will be for Win 8.x. No doubt Microsoft will say it's most secure OS at that time will be Win 9.x but if it stopped providing critical patches to the second most popular OS way back in 2014, there's going to be trouble. (Anybody want to bet Microsoft at some point will be providing patches to vulnerabilities in Win 7 that they DON'T bother to do for Win 8.x because no one will care about "Vista-Next" anymore?)

about 3 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

Glasswire Re:Great. My WiFi will be much faster than my ISP. (116 comments)

If you ever had a situation where your ISP connection was faster than local routing/networking gear, then you either have some kind of fantastic high bandwidth fiber ISP connection and you've cheaped-out on the quality of your infrastructure gear (very slow equipment) or you have a normal ISP connection and you got REALLY cheap about the quality of your infrastructure gear. (which is almost impossible unless you're using ~10MB stuff from the last century) You internal network wireless/wired should always be much faster than your ISP.

about 4 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

Glasswire It that throuoghput in native mode... (116 comments)

...or monitored mode (where all traffic is spoofed to a Chinese gov't collection site)?
 

about 4 months ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

Glasswire Unlocking a phone.... (81 comments)

Boy, and I'd always heard it was a lot harder than that to get an unlocked phone

about 4 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

Glasswire Don't recognize those diplomas (661 comments)

Simple solution: Any serious University with applicants into any science-based degree program should no longer accept Wyoming high school certificates as meaningful and should require applicants from that state to test out to verify that they have a proper background to enter the program. When the climate deniers who run the Wyoming establishment start having their offspring turned away and stigmatized by Ivy League and other prominent schools, watch that curriculum change back to accurate science rather quickly.

about 4 months ago
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Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

Glasswire It's a shame that OpenSSL debacle not discussed... (394 comments)

.. but I assume questions were given before it occurred. I would have like to have asked RMS, what happened to his assertion hat source code transparency will protect us from very bad code, because many people's eyes are on it. But everybody could look at OpenSSL source for years and see the potential for Heartbleed and it never got caught until it was too late.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

Glasswire Does that include Bing Bar? (177 comments)

One person's adware / malware is another's vital revenue stream.

about 5 months ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

Glasswire Re:Probably not Illegal. (417 comments)

The network owner can and should be able to set the terms of service for access to their network and if you don't like a root CA being placed on your system, don't use that network get their own network -that is, a mobile WAN hotspot or adapter assuming these are independently owned devices. Ones owned by the school should be subject to the school's requirements.

about 6 months ago
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Bank of America patents NMAP ..

Glasswire Does make you wonder... (2 comments)

If the patent examiner clerks that process the applications have ANY actual subject background at all.
If I tried to patent breathing as a way to facilitate oxygen intake, how far would that get before somebody said "you're kidding"?

about 6 months ago
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How'd you like to run Windows apps on Android?

Glasswire One useful area for this... (2 comments)

...is support for old Windows apps esp VB6.0 apps that run really poorly on Win 7 let alone Win 8.x. I've found several that run fine on Wine on Linux that no longer run on MSFT Windows and Microsoft is not interested in fixing this at all.
Some LoB (line of business) applications created by non-IT groups in companies depend on old app binaries that "work" and have no interest in updating the code or the operating environments they run in and in fact, dread the continual change in MSFT OSes over the years, because these apps get broken when driver support stops for that OS and can't always be run in ritualized VMs with legacy operating systems.
MSFT thinks everybody loves programming and always wants to rewrite their apps in the latest language ( C# right now) for the latest OS API and GUI ( WinRT formerly modern, formerly metro) but the parts of a business that are NOT Information Technology don't like development - they have product to make, sell, ship and bill for.
So Wine on volume Android devices may be the answer for those LoBs.

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Glasswire Why not just use the poll... (2219 comments)

I think
a) I like the beta, please do it asap
b) It's not there yet but keep working on it, but don't turn it on now.
c) It's an abomination. Do not use it ever.
d) I don't read Slashdot you insensitive clod.

If c) greatly exceeds the sum of a) and b) responses don't do it. All d) votes, for obvious reasons, don't count.

about 7 months ago
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Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Glasswire If you lose your internet connection... (257 comments)

and Google can't grab information from your Nest, the unit will shutdown your furnace until you get that connection back up.

about 8 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

Glasswire Re:My rule for SSD (183 comments)

SSD solutions that are far too expensive to be relevant for most individuals or even corporations are nothing new.

You can get an mSATA or M2 small ~32-64GB SSD drive (which many motherboards have direct attach slots for now) for about $60. If you use that as your boot / OS system / critical-app drive and get a slow multi-TB spindle HDD drive for your bulk load-and-save storage you'll get huge improvement in your startup/shutdown times and general system operation while still having cheap mass media. Is that far too expensive?

about 9 months ago
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Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

Glasswire Another predictable ./ perspective... (183 comments)

As Dr FrankNfurter says in RHPS "I didn't build him for YOU!!!" It's amusing whenever new datacenter/server technology gets posted on /. that half the posts evaluate the proposed product in terms of how affordable/practical/useful it would be to them in their little client desktop or notebook. All of these Intel drives are intended for server (or at least technical workstation ) use, so they need to be evaluated by ROI they give a business doing high-throughput work. If you think they have great stats but are too expensive, maybe you are not the intended market.

about 9 months ago

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Microsoft to Sell It's Own Windows RT Tablet

Glasswire Glasswire writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Glasswire writes "ComputerWorld reports that Microsoft will announce a Microsoft-branded tablet on Monday running the Win RT (ARM-based ) subset version of Win 8. MSFT choose not to offer a x86 Win 8 version, which could have given them a performance advantage over ARM-based Apple iPads. A PCMag opinion piece titled "A Microsoft Tablet Would Be Dumb" said "The only real reason to introduce a Microsoft-branded tablet is because Microsoft couldn't get anyone else to make a Windows RT tablet." No reaction yet from Microsoft's system OEM customers that it will now be competing with."
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Intel Develops Revolutionary 3D Transistor

Glasswire Glasswire writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Glasswire writes "Intel announced a major technical breakthrough with the world's first 3-D transistors, called Tri-Gate, in a production technology which provides performance improvement and power reduction. It was demonstrated on upcoming 22nm "Ivy Bridge" microprocessor which will be the first high-volume chip to use 3-D Tri-Gate transistors. Informative article on this at Anandtech too."
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ZDNet Says AMD Posts Blatantly Deceptive Benchmark

Glasswire Glasswire writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Glasswire writes "George Ou, in ZDNet's Real World IT blog accuses AMD of comparing processors the company will not be shipping for months (2.6GHz Barcelona quad core) with older Intel Xeon quad cores rather than currently shipping ones which would beat the (hypothetical) score AMD claims for the future Barcelona. I guess while even the much slower 2.0GHz Barcelona is due soon (but STILL not shipping yet) AMD didn't think results from the 2.0 would look good enough -even against the slower Xeons they picked.
Maybe the right comparison should be either best cpu against best cpu -OR compare ones at the same price — and only shipping products."
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Glasswire Glasswire writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Glasswire writes "On the front page of NY Times today is article on Intel's big technical leap in power and speed with semiconductor technology using metallic alloys. Register also carried this story. This will used in 45nm products this year."
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Glasswire Glasswire writes  |  about 8 years ago

Glasswire writes "As more corporate and governmental datacenters are consolidating, IT management in these organizations is often trying to keep individual departments or business units from buying their own servers/storage and instead 'buy' computing capacity units from a central pool of IT resources. At least that's the theory behind the 'Utility Computing' model.
My questions to the mob are:
1) What models of measurement for computing units ("cpu-time/storage-utilized/RAM-used" to get a unit of work done) have been proposed and work?
2) And what tools (ideally architecture/OS independent) are there to count the units and facilitate chargebacks across multiple dissimilar systems?"

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